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5-8, 3rd in NFC South
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said he went to the sideline to be checked by trainers after being kicked in the knee. But what hurts worse is Carolina (5-8) being kicked by the Falcons for the second time in a month. Sunday's 40-20 loss was the team's fifth straight.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Perry Fewell, interim coach of the Panthers: ‘'We're all fighting for our jobs.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim coach Perry Fewell said the plan remains to stick with Kyle Allen at quarterback and not turn to third-round pick Will Grier. ‘'We feel he gives us our best chance to win,'' Fewell said of Allen, who has three turnovers.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Sloppy football such as the Panthers displayed in Sunday's 40-20 loss at Atlanta won't help interim coach Perry Fewell become a serious contender to replace Ron Rivera. Carolina had four turnovers and allowed 159 yards rushing in suffering its fifth straight loss after a 5-3 start.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Allen now has two picks and a lost fumble for the Panthers. Atlanta now has a 33-10 lead. The Falcons have outscored Carolina 62-13 in just over seven quarters this season. Allen has six interceptions during that span.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

There are times when Panthers CB Donte Jackson looks great. Then there are times like the 93-yard touchdown catch he gave up to Olamide Zaccheaus where he looks bad. He's looked bad on two touchdown passes today.

Allen finds Thomas for short TD (0:18)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Perry Fewell's first half as the Panthers' interim coach filled with some of the same obstacles Ron Rivera had -- gap control on run defense, miscommunications in the secondary. But the effort was solid and Carolina trails Atlanta only 13-10 in the first game since owner David Tepper made a coaching change.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have struggled getting into the end zone from the opponent's 1 this season, but quarterback Kyle Allen made a nice fake to Christian McCaffrey and found tight end Ian Thomas on the left side for the touchdown on this one. Thomas, replacing Greg Olsen (concussion), has looked good other than his bobble that turned into an interception for Allen. He has three catches for 30 yards.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving. He is the first Carolina receiver to do that since Kelvin Benjamin in 2014. He's on the way to being the team's first legitimate No. 1 receiver since Steve Smith. You can argue Benjamin was, but not nearly the complete player that Moore is.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Confusion in the Carolina secondary on Calvin Ridley's touchdown. Looked like CB Donte Jackson bit. Explanation will be interesting, but definitely a defensive breakdown as Falcons take a 10-3 lead.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers had trouble with gap control with Ron Rivera calling the defensive plays. They still are having trouble with gap control under Perry Fewell. The Falcons already have 72 yards rushing early in the second quarter.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers offensive coordinator Scott Turner in his first series went 3-and-out. He used backup running back Reggie Bonafon on a run on second down and wide receiver Curtis Samuel on a run on third and with Christian McCaffrey in the slot.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell didn't reveal who was calling the defensive plays today but it appears he is. That puts the head coach, defensive coordinator (Washington) and new offensive coordinator (Scott Turner) all on the field. Turner went from quarterbacks coach to OC this week, replacing his dad, Norv.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey supporting the Wounded Warriors project for the My Cause, My Cleats game at Atlanta.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim Panthers coach Perry Fewell makes his debut against an Atlanta team that has beaten Carolina four straight times dating back to 2017. Fewell, who grew up not far from Charlotte, North Carolina, was a fan of the Falcons before the Panthers joined the NFL in 1995. His pre-game routine, he said earlier in the week, involves putting a towel under the door of his hotel room, turning the heat up and doing hot yoga.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' inactives: DE Christian Miller; DT Woodrow Hamilton; TE Greg Olsen (concussion); OT Greg Little (ankle); OL Chris Reed DT Stacy McGee; CB Corn Elder.

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Panthers give LB Thompson 4-year, $54.2M deal

The Panthers are giving linebacker Shaq Thompson a four-year, $54.2 million extension that includes $28 million guaranteed, agent Doug Hendrickson told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The total deal maxes out at $57 million.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers gave linebacker Shaq Thompson a four-year extension. The deal is worth $54.2 with a max value of $57 million that includes $28 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Panthers are giving LB Shaq Thompson a four-year, $54.2 extension with a max value of $57 million that includes $28 million guaranteed and a $16 million signing bonus

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Dortch gets a second chance to return kicks for Panthers, who promote him to the 53-man roster. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief is waived.

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Panthers rule out TE Olsen for Falcons game

The Panthers will be without tight end Greg Olsen for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He's still recovering from a concussion.

Team Stats

Passing Yards220.821st
Rushing Yards120.512th
Points For23.313th
Points Against26.7